Back in June when blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus revealed to his Instagram followers that he would be undergoing cancer treatment, the news came as a shock to fans. It was a bit jarring for Mark, as well, because he never meant to share that information with the world -- only his close friends.
In a new interview with GQ, Hoppus goes into detail about a serious bout of depression he had been going through at the onset of COVID-19 in the U.S. That led him to see a therapist, where on the first day of their meeting he received a call from his doctor regarding his cancer diagnosis.
“I walk into the therapist's office and I'm like, 'Oh, hello. How are you doing? Very nice to meet you. Thanks for making the time — hang on a second. I have to take this call,'" Hoppus remembers. After being told he would need to start chemotherapy immediately, "I was like, 'OK, cool. Thank you very much.' I hang up the phone and turn to [the therapist]. 'Oh, hi. So, yeah, I have cancer. Where do we start?'"
Hoppus explained how over the following months, "I went through this whole period of like, not why me, but of course me. Why wouldn't it be me? We've had so much good luck and good fortune, and things have kind of fallen into place for me specifically for so long, that of course I was due. I was due for something tragic."
Now in remission after successfully completing multiple rounds of treatments, Mark described his "s***ty" experience and the effects chemotherapy had on his cognition, which he is still dealing with, and attributes to his social media mix up. "Maybe part of me subconsciously posted it to my main, but I definitely didn't do it on purpose," he admits. "But I don't know. It kind of felt like a Band-Aid had been ripped off and I was able to be honest with people."
That honesty opened up another door for Mark, who had reached out to his current blink-182 band members, drummer Travis Barker and Matt Skiba following his initial diagnosis, while founding member Tom DeLonge, who left the band abruptly in 2015 got in contact weeks later. DeLonge soon visited Hoppus at home when, out of the blue, Barker dropped by as well and the trio had a chance to talk for hours about "life stuff."
DeLonge says the three of them discussed, "what we've learned over the years about ourselves. How we've grown, how nothing really matters when it boils down to what we were dealing with in that moment." Although he adds, “it wasn't some big meeting about blink-182, it was more about brothers meeting and saying, 'How do we support Mark?'"
Of course, in early November, DeLonge told Late Late Show host James Corden that there is always talk of getting the old band back together. “I think that that's definitely something we're all interested in. Finding the time to do it, where it lines up with everybody's priorities, is really all that's needed," he explained. "And getting Mark healthy again, getting him strong again. But, yeah, I'm down. I think those guys are down. I think just finding the time to do it, and when, is really what we've got to figure out."
The band has been hinting at a new album since 2019, including unlikely collaborations with Lil Uzi Vert, Pharrell, and Grimes. Now with bassist Mark on the mend, 2022 could be the year these new songs finally see the light of day.
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